About Lubna Gem Arielle
I am the author of the Butterfly Stories, an ongoing series of stories that began years ago after a night out eating mussels, thinking how the iridescent shells reminded me of butterflies. A few weeks later, I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote “Anya and the Purple Butterfly”
I also wanted to illustrate the story, looked for an illustration class and ended up finding an “Access into Art” course and then studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. “Anya” went into a state of stasis as I redesigned my life pedaling on a tightrope between duty and desire.
A few years ago, I picked up “Anya” and started using the story in workshops with dance and art activities. One year I volunteered to wear the cat suit to support my local animal shelter, the Mayhew Animal Home. Someone had beat me to it, so I offered to tell stories and wrote “Martha and the Pink Butterfly.” I later realised that I’d had a lucky escape. Most recently, I wrote “Rai and the Red Butterfly” for a celebration of Bangladeshi Independence day at Rich Mix.
As an artist, writer and performer and a former intellectual property and commercial lawyer, I have developed a varied portfolio.
My Current Portfolio
For as long as I can remember, I found it odd that as school children we do all sorts of subjects and if we are lucky, we also get to play a lot! Then we choose 8 to 10 subjects, then 3, then 1 and then that’s it – a J-O-B. I always found this difficult and was delighted to come across Max Comfort’s “Portfolio People” which became an inspirational starting point. Over the years, I’ve understood that what works for me is looking at what delights me – writing – performing – playing – devising – speaking and feeding these into lots of different areas which make sense to me!
Presenter/Voice Over Artist
Corporate clients include the College of Law; & others as in-house presenter with Best Bits Media.
Writer / Producer
I am the author of the Butterfly Stories and the short play, “A Right Pair”, adapted and produced for Vision Radio.
Corporate Storytelling/Film Production
I write and produce educational programmes, simplifying large amounts of complex, technical information. I wrote and presented continuing professional development (CPD) programmes for practising lawyers for Legal Network Television for 8 years, I most recently made the art law series for Artquest’s Artlaw TV funded by the Arts Council and the University of the Arts, London and freely accessible online.
I am an experienced lecturer (MA/BA/short courses/talks) and also speak on career transitions and transformation.
I am represented by Bachra Byrne for acting and commercials.
I am represented by Charlie Swan Associates for corporate role-playing.
As a former lawyer, my aim is to make complex, technical information available in a user-friendly way via workshops and short videos. On August 31st 2012 I launched 6 Minute Bites – micro-classes written in tweets and delivered on Twitter at 6 Minutes @Info_Bites.
Art Law TV: Producer/Writer/Voice Over
The full series can be viewed on the Artquest website.